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Bronston v. United States
United States Supreme Court
409 U.S. 352, 93 S.Ct. 595, 34 L.Ed.2d 568 (1973)
Bronston (defendant) testified in the following way under oath at a bankruptcy hearing for his company:
Q: Do you have any bank accounts in Swiss banks, Mr. Bronston?
A: No, sir.
Q: Have you ever?
A: The company had an account there for about six months, in Zurich.
Bronston actually did have a personal bank account at a bank in Geneva for almost five years. In essence, Bronston’s response was literally true, but because he replied with information about the company and not himself, the response was unresponsive to the question and arguably misleading. Bronston was charged and convicted of perjury. He appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Burger, C.J.)
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